The Red Bulls Saturday added right back Michael Amir Murillo Bermudez on a year-long loan from San Francisco FC of Panama’s Liga Panameña de Fútbol.
The deal is pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
“Michael is a player that we identified with our scouting network and have watched closely,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. “He fits the way we want to play and will be a good addition to our group.”
The 21-year-old Murillo, a native of Panama City. graduated from San Francisco’s youth academy to the first team in 2014. He has made 42 first team appearances and added three goals.
“I went down to see Michael play in person with our head scout Rob Elliot and we were impressed,” Red Bulls assistant coach Denis Hamlett said. “After watching him play and speaking with him, we believe that Michael fits our club philosophy and we are glad to add him to our team for 2017.”
The 6-foot, 165-lb. Murillo has nine appearances and one goal for the Panama national team. He made his senior team debut in March 2016 in a friendly against Nicaragua. He also represented Panama in Copa Centroamericana in January.
He has three appearances in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League from the 2015/16 edition of the tournament.
It was not immediately known if Murillo will be available for the Red Bulls when they open their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Red Bull Arena Wednesday. The second leg is set for Vancouver March 2.
In the Red Bulls’ press release announcing Murillo’s acquisition, Hamlett was called the team’s first assistant coach.
According to reports, Hamlett has been negotiating deals with other Major League Soccer clubs in place of former sporting director Ali Curtis, who departed from the team Thursday.